Business and Technology Education Council

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The Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) is a secondary school leaving qualification and Further education qualification in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

BTEC qualifications are equivalent to other qualifications, such as the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) (levels 1 to 2), A Level (level 3) and university degrees (levels 4 to 7). BTECs are undertaken in vocational subjects ranging from business studies to engineering. Examples of BTEC courses include Business Studies, Applied Science, Engineering, Information Technology, Media Production, Health & Social Care, Travel & Tourism and Performing Arts.

BTEC qualifications, especially Level 3, are accepted by many universities (excluding Cambridge and Oxford qualifications unless combined with more qualifications) as the standard for assessing the suitability of applicants for admission in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and many such universities base their conditional admissions offers on a student's predicted BTEC grades.


The BTEC was formed by the merger of the Business Education Council (BEC) and the Technician Education Council (TEC).[1] The University of London Examinations & Assessment Council (abbr. ULEAC) and BTEC merged to form Edexcel.[2]

Awards and course system[edit]

School leaving qualification (Level 3)[edit]

Students must have more than five GCSE grades A*-C including English Language, Maths and Science, or a Merit at Vocational Btec level 2 Diploma for the following Level 3 courses. The qualification names for Level 3 course change dependant on whether they are awarded though the National Qualification Framework (NQF) or the Qualification Credit Framework (QCF):

QCF NQF A level size equivalence
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma National Diploma 3 x A levels
BTEC National 120 Credit Diploma National Certificate 2 x A levels
BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma National Subsidiary Certificate 1.5 x A levels
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma National Award 1 x A level
BTEC Level 3 Certificate Subsidiary Award 0.5 x A level

School leaving qualification (Level 2 & Level 1)[edit]

Further education (Adult courses)[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Richard Aldrich (2002). A Century of Education. Routledge/Falmer. p. 220. 
  2. ^ "Our history". Edexcel. Pearson Education. Retrieved 14 June 2014.